The wonders of representative government continue to surprise its observers for what it teaches us about ourselves. A President might radically alter democracy through social and fiscal policies, but the official public engagement of POTUS45 has an awkwardness about it.
Imagine your short-term view as if you were suddenly compelled to attack, take on a role in an Army, the Corps, Navy, Air Force, CIA, or FBI and choose a useful technology. You are asked to protect the United States from harm by a foreign or domestic opponent. In this short-term, daily choices are often forced to occur, but when they happen in response to a hallucination, what then? What do you do?
My father’s experience with the impacts of action taking (long and short term) drew on his WWII experience. After a few months of news and just after his 25th birthday and then in just moments, he and all of his brothers stepped willingly into the machine of WWII. The long gnarly gash up his right leg became included in my perception of WWII as an event, not present but with evidence.
It gave me a very different view of the world. It was more than a wound; it was the obscurity of what followed in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It remains from a time just before I was born to now. Scars of war became a thing unworthy of everyone’s pain. More critical problems need solutions. The delusions of war are nothing more than the theft of perception.
In the 1970s, growing economic hardship began to hit small-town rural America, and industrial cities began to shrink. The armed forces would farm these places for those who would become warriors.. Both changes were mainly in response to globalization. The number of participants in the armed forces grew for the lack of economic alternatives. These forces are further strengthened by the traditions of armed service families who aim at the sights of their generation on the nation’s officer training colleges. They are not patriots of delusions. The act of living is made separate from the duty to serve. The rise of the conservative view has become a scream at the national debt with a voice that demands deep cuts in social spending but not the mystery of its security.
Armed forces come from the well of hunger and inconspicuous despair. We are aware of these forces, yet criticism is rare and because these facts are not expected to change. Putting it this way, the odds set on the usefulness of a political revolution demanding more choices are one in a hundred.
From conflict to events such as a nationwide drought, global forces slide into and out of community consciousness as thin-slices of self-awareness. We might share a sense of place that snips at our personal identity, conscience, and integrity. So we can effortlessly forget that all of our understanding of ourselves and the world is a creation of the cells in our brain. It would be best if you did not think that this is an odd idea. You know why you have a slightly elevated sense of dread about the nation’s political condition yet feel compelled to say ‘thank you for your service’ with a rising level of disdain for the leadership style that sweeps up the small-town young of the nation after each cycle of war. You have the correct feeling. Something is wrong. You cannot identify a useful action.
Our consciousness is all we have to establish ourselves in the world. Without this unique awareness of living, we have nothing. While we do not know if other creatures have a similar sense of personness, like them, we live in a scientifically proven set of hallucinations made of manipulations that we produce for ourselves. Therefore, be warned, your experience is a magic trick performed by the hand (or mechanism), not watched or unseen, and in most cases, even if it is seen very clearly. It happens daily, but we decide not to call attention to ourselves or others. This is the dead zone of Democracy.
The five senses give “self” a position in space. As properties of consciousness, this space is composed in the proximity of sight, smell, touch, taste, or sound. However, our bundles of experience are held in the brain cells that can only make a “best guess” about what is out there. All experiments prove how the brain cells fill in essential data or respond to a stimulus built solely on these sets of interpretations established by experience. Perception is an active re-construction process for controlling what we see and hear, smell, touch, or taste. A useful way to explore the idea of reality, perhaps the best way in these times, is to see what you see as a set of controlled hallucinations, always considered correct because your experience with other people’s perceptions is similar. If it is experienced as consistently incorrect, it means you are not controlling the hallucination. It is that basic.
Now, regarding our collective experience with Donald J. Trump. He is the President of the United States, and instincts and experience teach us to hope for the best and expect the worst. These emotions are one of many uncontrolled perceptions with which we construct reality. Cognitive scientists can prove that we firmly believe that we know “who we are,” and yet this experience only exists because we have a body, and that includes the “body politic.” The separations of perception are worsening and divisions caused are splintering.
Our sense of the future builds on experience, the ability to like or dislike, or share ideas through speech and hear and see others. We form new social worlds that fit somewhere in a full-blown media society. With this “fit,” there is only distrust and with that, war. These combinations establish the expectation of a unified self. This narrative experiment with hallucinations is proof that an unverified self occurs. All you have is a “best guess” from a pretext to a President.
What is or is not your body? I know what that sounds like, but another way to see its meaning is to understand how and why you predict yourself into existence. You do this with all the people around you, and that includes the leaders you choose. Representative government is how a nation continuously predicts itself into existence. The wrong and most likely question is how my life is projected? The right one asks what is genuinely wanted and needed by the larger body. That is how we keep democracy.